1949 MAYFLOWER - DARIGOLD with PILGRIMS Qt Milk Bottle

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  • Item Category: Glass
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Dec 26,2007
  • Channel: Online Auction

(1) An interesting aspect of this milk bottle is that the labeling on one side is written sideways.

(2) Another interesting aspect of the bottle is that it has a boy and girl Pilgrims running around the upper shoulders of the bottle - the pattern repeats 7 times.

(3) Another interesting aspect is that the Mayflower name is associated with Darigold on the milk bottle.

This is a square red pyro quart milk bottle with a Dacro finish. It was manufactured in 1948 at the Los Angeles, California, plant of Owens-Illinois Glass Company (my maker information source is Glass Milk Bottles: Their Makers And Marks (1980) by Jeffrey L. Giarde).

The milk bottle is labeled on one side in red pyro as follows:

M AYFLOWER

MILK

A DARIGOLD PRODUCT

The milk bottle is labeled on the other side in red pyro as follows:

HAVE YOU

TRIED

OUR

COTTAGE

CHEESE

AND

BUTTERMILK

?

The Pilgrim figures on the milk bottle are a boy and girl in Pilgrim attire. Both are running holding a bucket between them. The assumption is that they are running with a bucket of milk. The boy's Pilgrim hat is falling off. The reason for using the Pilgrim theme is the obvious historical relationship between the name Mayflower and the Pilgrims - the Mayflower ship brought the Pilgrims to Plymouth Rock w they landed in the New World to found Massachusetts and later to become a focal point leading to the American Revolution.

Mayflower Farms, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, was operated by the Dairy Cooperative Association which was a very large regional Oregon dairymen's association which included some dairymen in southern Washington at times. At some point it was the largest dairy producer in Oregon. It survived into the modern era but around 1981 it merged into the Northwest Dairy Association today known as Darigold, Inc.

So, how could this Mayflower milk bottle include Darigold labeling in 1948 which was 33 years before the merger with Darigold? The answer lies in the fact that in 1940 the Dairy Cooperative Association which was the group of dairymen who marketed under the Mayflower brand, agreed to market their powdered milk through Consolidated Dairy Products Co. and part of that agreement was that the Dairy Cooperative Assn. members would also become members of the United Dairymen's Association for at least 10 years. At that time it was the United Dairymen's Assn. who distributed their product through Consolidated Dairy Products Co. whose stock was entirely owned by the United Dairymen's Assn. membes. Consolidated used "Darigold" as its brand name. It was not until June, 1941, that the Dairy Cooperative Assn. purchased Mayflower Dairy in Vancouver, Washington, and used Mayflower as a brand name for its products. Thus, the interrelationship between Mayflower and Darigold in 1948 finds an answer. (To read more detail and history about this see: The Darigold Story, the History of a Dairy Cooperative in the Pacific Northwest by Archie Satterfield (1993)

The white inside the milk bottle is Styrofoam beads which enhance display but could be removed by winning bidder without damage to the bottle. The Styrofoam was in the bottle when I acquired it and has not been removed.

The milk bottle appears to be in good condition with no chips or cracks and only very light to almost no case/use wear.

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